Wagmatcook man promised running water after 15 years
A Wagmatcook elder says he's relieved to hear his house will be moved to a place where his home can have running water and be hooked up to the sewage system after 15 years.
Francis Joe Francis, 72, has been using a portable toilet for the last decade and carries jugs of water inside his one-bedroom home to store in his bathroom, which has never been hooked up to running water.
After he received media attention, Francis said Chief Norman Bernard agreed to move his house to an area of Wagmatcook with services. That's expected to happen by the spring.
"I like that idea very much. I've been thinking about it lately, it sounds good," Francis told CBC News on Wednesday.
"Good idea, very good year. Now I'll be able to rest."
The Wagmatcook band said Francis knew there were no plans to install sewer and water services when he moved into his home and said he had refused previous offers of help.
Francis denied that.
"I was just thinking about that the other day, I can't live through this. I was thinking about it already because I have to take in 27 bottles. At times I got sick," he said.
"I didn't think I would make it through this winter."
Judy Goo Goo, Francis's neighbour, said she was also promised water and sewage services that never materialized.
"They keep promising me. They keep saying, 'Six months down the road, we'll do it,'" Goo Goo told CBC News.
"They never did it, so after living here for about six years and I finally gave up."
Goo Goo decided to put in her own services and hired someone to drill for water and connect her home to a sewage system. It cost her about $13,000.
She said the band promised to reimburse her but it has never happened.
Goo Goo said while she is happy for Francis, she also expects others to be relocated if they do not have access to services.